Nigella admits using drug six times with dying husband and tells court Saatchi threatened to destroy her

How does it all go so horribly wrong? Breaking up is never easy and I can only imagine the horror a divorce would put anyone through. At the end of  the day, both Nigella and her soon to be ex-husband are left with nothing but aired dirty laundry. How tragic.

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  • TV chef testifies at fraud trial of  former aides Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo
  • She admits she has used cocaine ‘two  times in her life’
  • First was on ‘six occasions’ with her  dying first husband John Diamond
  • Second was after being subjected to  ‘intimate terrorism’ by Charles Saatchi
  • Saatchi told people restaurant row was  about cocaine, but it was actually about grandchildren, she  says
  • She says Saatchi ‘threatened to destroy  her’ after public restaurant spat
  • Millionaire art dealer told her to ‘clear  his name’ – then he spread allegations about her drug use, court  hears
  • Allegations were ‘false’ and ‘dedicated  to salvaging his reputation and destroying hers’
  • She confided in Elisabetta that he  ‘shouted and swore’ at her
  • Didn’t know how much more she could take  – but DIDN’T plan to leave him
  • Says she has endured ‘long summer of  bullying and abuse’ since divorce

By  Rob Cooper

Nigella Lawson admitted taking cocaine and  cannabis but said claims she was a drug  addict are ‘absolutely ridiculous’, as she gave evidence to a jury  today.

The TV chef said she took cocaine six times  with her late husband John Diamond after he found out that he had terminal  cancer.

She then took the drug again in July 2010  when she was being ‘subjected to intimate  terrorism’ by Charles Saatchi, Isleworth Crown Court heard.

The 53-year-old also admitted taking cannabis  during the final year of her marriage to the millionaire art dealer without his  knowledge – although her daughter Phoebe did know.

Miss Lawson said: ‘I have never been a drug  addict. I’ve never been a habitual user. There are two times in my life when I  have used cocaine.’

She made the admission as she gave evidence  against her two former personal assistants who are accused of fraud.

Determined: Nigella Lawson, seen arriving at court this morning, cut a severe figure as she arrived at court this morning Determined: Nigella Lawson, seen arriving at court this  morning, cut a severe figure as she arrived at court this morning

Testimony: Nigella Lawson, dressed all in black apart from a white collar, is seen in court addressing the jury in this court illustration. The Grillo sisters, who are standing trial charged with fraud, can be seen front leftTestimony: Nigella Lawson, dressed all in black apart  from a white collar, is seen in court addressing the jury in this court  illustration. The Grillo sisters, who are standing trial charged with fraud, can  be seen front left

She said taking cocaine with her late husband  John Diamond, who died in 2001, ‘gave him some escape’.

Miss Lawson said at the time she was  responsible for looking after him and the family as well as earning a  living.

She said: ‘I did speak to a doctor of  palliative care because I was troubled about whether I should let John continue,  and he said just let him. And so I didn’t judge or begrudge.’

But she said claims that credit cards  and  envelopes containing white powder were left around the home she  shared with Mr  Diamond were ‘completely false’.

She admitted that Mr Diamond used rolled-up  notes to take the drug.

‘John did but he carefully ironed them out,’  she said. ‘There is some misery you cannot escape.’

After her first husband’s death she did not take the drug again until 2010 when she felt ‘isolated and in  fear’.

She said a friend gave cocaine to her three  years ago and she took it again – but only once.

She added: ‘There was another time I took  cocaine. In July 2010 I was having a very very difficult time.

Testimony: Nigella Lawson told the jury that 'no one can be in any doubt' her ex-husband Charles Saatchi has a temperTestimony: Nigella Lawson told the jury that ‘no one can  be in any doubt’ her ex-husband Charles Saatchi has a temper

 

Evidence: Followed by seven police officers, Miss Lawson faced a wall of press photographers when she arrived at court this morning to give evidence

Evidence: Followed by seven police officers, Miss Lawson  faced a wall of press photographers when she arrived at court this morning to  give evidence

‘I felt subjected to intimate terrorism by Mr  Saatchi,’ she said, before adding that at the time she felt ‘isolated and in  fear of…just unhappy’.

‘A friend of mine offered me some cocaine. I  took it,’ she said. Miss Lawson said it ‘completely spooked’ her.

She said: ‘The idea that I am a drug addict  or habitual user of cocaine is absolutely ridiculous.’

After the second episode she said she went to  see a doctor.

‘I concluded that I did not have a drug  problem, I had a life problem, and I needed to attend to that and I did seek out  a therapist,’ she added.

‘Since freeing myself from a brilliant but  brutal man, I’m now totally cannabis, cocaine, any drug-free’

Nigella Lawson

Miss Lawson said that she also ‘smoked the  odd joint’ during the final year of her marriage to Charles  Saatchi.

‘I found it made an intolerable situation  tolerable,’ she said. ‘It’s a false friend and not a good idea.

‘I found the answer was in changing the  situation and trying to create a tolerable situation for me and my  family.

‘I have to say, since freeing myself from a  brilliant but brutal man, I’m now totally cannabis, cocaine, any  drug-free.’

Miss Lawson said Mr Saatchi was unaware that  she was smoking cannabis and admitted she had not told him she took cocaine once  during their marriage.

‘It was a one-off,’ she said. ‘I felt by  going to my GP I didn’t feel a need to tell him.’

Miss Lawson told the jury that Lisa was aware  she had taken cocaine in the past.

The chef claimed she did not know how to roll  a cannabis joint but had instead asked others in her house to do  so.

‘This was not behaviour I’m proud of,’ she  said.

Admission: Miss Lawson, seen in the witness stand in this court illustration, this afternoon admitted taking cocaine as she gave evidence to the jury
'I have never been a drug addict': Miss Lawson denied claims she was addicted to drugs and said she had only used cocaine seven times
 Admission: Miss Lawson, seen in the witness stand in  these court  illustrations, this afternoon admitted taking cocaine as she gave  evidence to the jury
'Drug taking': John Diamond and Nigella Lawson took cocaine while he was suffering from terminal cancer, a jury heard today‘Drug taking’: John Diamond and Nigella Lawson took  cocaine while he was suffering from terminal cancer, a jury heard  today

 

‘Get her, I don’t care what it takes’: Nigella accuses Saatchi of witch hunt  against her and trying to ‘ruin her in any way’

  • Miss Lawson was ‘punished by Mr Saatchi  for going to a friend’s party
  • Drug taking claims at trial were part of  his plan of attack, she tells jury

Nigella Lawson accused Charles Saatchi of  launching a ‘witch hunt’ against her and trying to ‘ruin her in any way’, as she  gave evidence to the jury today.

The TV chef said she believes her ex-husband  had a mindset of ‘Get her, I don’t care what it takes’ because he feels betrayed  by her.

In reference to Mr Saatchi possibly suing her  if she did not appear as a  witness in this trial, Miss Lawson said it was ‘just  another form of  bullying’.

Arrival: Nigella Lawson walks into Isleworth Crown Court this morning where she will face questions about allegations of drug useArrival: Nigella Lawson walks into Isleworth Crown Court  this morning where she will face questions about allegations of drug  use

 

She said he is on a campaign to ‘ruin me in  any way’, whether financial or otherwise.

‘I think he likes everyone to do what he  wants,’ she said.

She added that she feels there is a ‘witch  hunt’ against her, and that she is on trial with no counsel and ‘no  rights’.

Miss Lawson told the court that Mr Saatchi  ‘punished’ her on one occasion for going to a friend’s party.

She was asked by Anthony Metzer QC,  representing Lisa, about Mr Saatchi’s email to her which  contained drug-taking allegations. It said she was seeking a ‘pass’ so she could  do what she wanted.

Miss Lawson said: ‘I had once made reference  to a “pass” because I had been punished for going to a girlfriend’s  birthday.’

She said she had not been beaten, but was left with ’emotional scars’, which were ‘very wounding and very  difficult and  of course we know how things accelerated’.

She  described the allegations of her drug  use in the email as being ‘part of his plan of attack’, and said she thought it  was ‘very odd’ that he  knew what was in the witness statements before they were  published.

Miss Lawson said she was not a ‘habitual drug  user and drug addict, or a snorter of cocaine for 10 years’.

Asked by Mr Metzer where these drug claims  may  have come from, Miss Lawson replied: ‘I believe some of it came from  your  clients and Mr Saatchi – not the three most reliable witnesses.’

Miss Lawson and Mr Saatchi divorced earlier  this year after pictures  appeared to show her being throttled by her husband  outside Scott’s  restaurant in Mayfair, central London.

She said her husband ‘told everyone’ he was  taking cocaine out of her nose at the time the photograph was taken.

But she claimed the incident was actually  sparked when she commented on a person walking by with a baby.

‘I said “I’m so looking forward to having  grandchildren”,’ Miss Lawson told the court.

‘He grabbed me by the throat and said “I’m  the only person you should be concerned with”.’

Saatchi said he’d destroy me with drug allegations if I didn’t clear his  name, says Nigella as she tells of ‘summer of bullying and abuse’

  • Mr Saatchi shouted and swore at me during  our marriage, said Nigella
  • Anthony Metzer QC described her divorce  as ‘unfortunate’ but she replied ‘I wouldn’t say unfortunate’
  • Charles Saatchi ‘didn’t take part in  family life’, Nigella claims
  • He wanted both sisters to work over  Christmas until Nigella got him to relent

Nigella Lawson told the court her ex-husband  Charles Saatchi had threatened to ‘destroy’ her with drug taking  allegations.

She accused the millionaire art dealer of  telling her she must ‘clear his  name’ by giving evidence at the trial of their  two former personal  assistants.

Taking to the  witness stand, Miss Lawson,  53, accused Mr Saatchi of inflicting ‘a long summer of bullying and abuse’ on  her after their high-profile divorce.

'Choking': Nigella Lawson separated from Charles Saatchi after this picture was published which appeared to show him choking her outside Scott's restaurant in Mayfair, central London‘Choking’: Nigella Lawson separated from Charles Saatchi  after this picture was published which appeared to show him choking her outside  Scott’s restaurant in Mayfair, central London

The couple split after photos emerged which  appeared to show him throttling her outside Scott’s restaurant in Mayfair,  central London.

Lifting the lid on domestic life, Miss Lawson  told the jury at Isleworth Crown  Court that Mr Saatchi shouted and swore at her  – and added that no one  ‘can be in any doubt’ he has a temper.

She is giving evidence against her former  aides Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo who allegedly went on lavish spending sprees with Mr  Saatchi’s company credit cards.

Testimony: The TV cook referred to her ex-husband always as Mr Saatchi as she gave evidence to the juryTestimony: The TV cook referred to her ex-husband always  as Mr Saatchi as she gave evidence to the jury

The sisters, aged 41 and 35, are alleged to  have spent £685,000 a month on the cards – but Miss Lawson said she had ‘no  idea’ what the limits on the cards were.

She told the jury that on one occasion she  confided in Elisabetta – referred to in court as Lisa – that Mr Saatchi had been  ‘shouting and swearing’ at her.

The court has heard that the Domestic Goddess  was dubbed ‘Higella’ and labelled a drug abuser in an email sent by her  ex-husband before the trial.

Dressed entirely  in black apart from a white  collar on her shirt, she said that her ex-husband had threatened to ‘destroy’  her as she denied being an addict.

AS SHE TOLD THE COURT: NIGELLA IN HER OWN WORDS

On Charles Saatchi: ‘I don’t think  that anyone can be in any doubt he had a temper’

On her ‘unfortunate’ split from Charles  Saatchi: ‘I wouldn’t say unfortunate’

On the ‘choking’ pictures of her and  Saatchi: ‘That awful incident at Scott’s’

On the allegations about her drug use:  ‘False… dedicated to salvaging Mr Saatchi’s reputation and destroying  mine’

On her aide Elisabetta: ‘She was a  rock… but I believe her not to have a very strong moral compass’

On her aide Francesca: ‘A  fantasist’

On her supporters: ‘They call  themselves Team Cupcake’

On vanity: ‘I often do not look  presentable. I don’t really mind about appearances’

On discovering Lisa and Francesca’s  spending: ‘I was flabbergasted’

On moving in with Mr Saatchi around the  time of their wedding, she told the barrister: ‘I  think it was quite a bit before then. Sorry to shock you.’

On her upbringing being described as  ‘liberal and bohemian’: ‘I fear my father (Nigel Lawson) might take  exception to that.’

On Saatchi’s love of cash: ‘Charles  kept a huge stash above the fridge. He didn’t like to use credit  cards.’

On cannabis: ‘It made an intolerable  situation tolerable. It’s a false friend and not a good idea.

On cocaine: ‘It spooked  me.’

‘He (Saatchi) had said to me that if I didn’t  go back to him and clear his name he would destroy me,’ she told the  jury.

‘And so he started spreading allegations of  drug use, particularly that awful incident at Scott’s.

‘And I felt that his way of getting these out  was to use this case. And in  September a new defence statement came out with  some of the drug  allegations which Mr Saatchi had mentioned to me in  August.

‘I said “What drug allegations?” I said:  “There aren’t going to be any”.

‘These allegations appeared in a PR blog that  he had been dedicated to salvaging Mr Saatchi’s reputation and savaging  mine.

‘They had been circulated on the internet,  witness statement that would go to court and sent to every media  outlet.

‘I felt that this would not become a fraud  case and I would be put on trial, and that is what has happened.

‘I have been put on trial here in front of  the world and forced to answer, and I’m happy to answer the allegations, in  front of the world’s press.

‘And it comes after a long summer of bullying  and abuse and I found it just another chapter in that chapter.’

Mr Saatchi told the jury last Friday that he  was ‘heart-broken’ following his divorce from Nigella and added that he still  ‘adores’ his ex-wife.

Miss Lawson said she considered withdrawing  her statement and not giving evidence in the case because she feared she would  be put on trial.

Asked why she decided to take to the witness  stand, Nigella said she felt it was her ‘civic duty’.

At one point when defence barrister  Anthony  Metzer QC described her split with Mr Saatchi as ‘unfortunate’,  Nigella  interrupted and said ‘I wouldn’t say unfortunate’, and only  stopped when the  judge warned her to stop talking.

When Mr Metzer asked if she moved into Mr  Saatchi’s house after, or around  the time of, their wedding, Miss Lawson said:  ‘I think it was quite a  bit before then. Sorry to shock you.’

And asked if she would agree that she shared  a liberal and bohemian background with her late husband Mr Diamond, she  said:  ‘I fear my father might take exception to that.

She had to correct Mr Metzer for saying her  team call themselves Team Nigella.

‘No, they call themselves Team Cupcake,’ she  said.

World's media: Nigella Lawson arrives at court followed by seven policeman with dozens of camera lenses trained on herWorld’s media: Nigella Lawson arrives at court followed  by seven policeman with dozens of camera lenses trained on her

The chef, who was flanked by seven  police  officers when she arrived at court, also told the jury that her  ex-husband had  a ‘temper’.

‘Yes, he did have a temper and I don’t think  that anyone can be in any doubt he had a temper,’ she said.

Mr Metzer asked if Mr Saatchi was patriarchal  and traditional, and Miss  Lawson said he ‘didn’t like to take part in family  life’.

Mr Metzer asked whether Miss Lawson  ‘confided’ in Lisa about Mr Saatchi’s temper.

‘Yes,’ she replied.

The barrister then asked whether Miss Lawson  discussed with Lisa that she was contemplating leaving her then  husband.

‘It wasn’t so much a discussion,’ she said.  ‘I may have said I didn’t know how much longer I could take this.’

Mr Metzer said: ‘You confided in Lisa that Mr  Saatchi had been shouting and swearing at you.’

Miss Lawson replied: ‘I think she may have  even heard some of it, yes.’

Mr Metzer asked Miss Lawson whether Lisa  confided in her that Mr Saatchi had shouted and sworn at her too.

‘He did sometimes lose his temper. I’m not  sure he did so at her,’ she replied.

‘I have to say it was not beyond impossible  to imagine. But I don’t remember any such confidence.

‘I remember her saying he’s very much like my  father.’

She told the court Mr Saatchi wanted at least  one of the sisters to be working, but the pair were both given time off over the  Christmas period.

‘I did explain to him that it was Christmas,’  Miss Lawson said.

Nigella felt ‘betrayed’ by former aide she ‘loved and trusted’ who is  standing trial for credit card fraud

  • Grillo sisters ‘lived ‘high life’  lavishing money on designer clothes
  • Lisa Grillo was Miss Lawson’s ‘rock’ when  her first husband had cancer

Nigella Lawson said that she ‘loved and  trusted’ her aide Elisabetta Grillo and felt ‘betrayed’ when her alleged credit  card fraud came to light.

Elisabetta – referred to in court as Lisa –  and her sister Francesca allegedly lavished £685,000 on Charles Saatchi’s  company credit card.

The pair lived the ‘high life’,  spending the money on designer clothes and handbags  from Louis Vuitton,  Christian Dior and Vivienne Westwood.

Miss Lawson told the jury she does not  believe the Italian, who had worked for her for more than a decade, is a ‘bad  person’.

Accused: Italian sisters Elisabetta (left) and Francesca Grillo (right) arrive at Isleworth Crown Court this morning where they are standing trial accused of credit card fraudAccused: Italian sisters Elisabetta (left) and Francesca  Grillo (right) arrive at Isleworth Crown Court this morning where they are  standing trial accused of credit card fraud

TV chef: Nigella Lawson, 53, will give evidence against Italian sisters Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo who worked as her personal assistants
Prosecution: Nigella Lawson, 53, is giving evidence  against Italian sisters Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo who worked as her  personal assistants. The cook described Elisabetta as her ‘rock’ – but she  became ‘bitter’ towards the end of her employment

 

 

She said: ‘It’s  very difficult when you find out that someone you have loved and trusted could  behave  that way.

‘In my heart of hearts I do not believe Lisa  to be a bad person. I believe her not to  have a very strong moral compass.’

Miss Lawson, who  referred to her multimillionaire ex-husband as Mr Saatchi  when giving  evidence, added that she was  ‘flabbergasted at the extent’ of the alleged fraud.

She said that while Lisa was very close to  the family, she became unhappy in 2004 and briefly left her job.

On her return she was allegedly rude and when  Nigella challenged her, said: ‘She said I don’t care, it is just a job, I’m  doing it for the money.

She added: ‘Lisa had been a stalwart and had  helped me through a very difficult time when my first husband  died.

‘I loved Lisa. My children loved  Lisa. She came to me at a very difficult  time in my life.

‘She was a rock. I would have done anything  for her.’

Miss Lawson told the jury she once took  £7,000 out of her savings to pay for Lisa to have her teeth fixed, giving her  ‘incredible confidence’.

Miss Lawson said Lisa had been a ‘rock’ when  John Diamond was terminally ill with cancer.

‘Sometimes I had to rush to hospital, she  would stand in,’ she told the court.

‘She was my rock. I will never forget what  she did for my family.’

Miss Lawson told the court that Lisa had  become ‘like a member of the family’ while living with her but became ‘bitter’  later on.

‘She was not at all hardworking towards the  end,’ she said.

‘Most of the time she was on  Facebook.

'Heartbroken': Charles Saatchi arrives at court last week to give evidence to the trial. He said he had 'no evidence' that Nigella took drugs‘Heartbroken’: Charles Saatchi arrives at court last  week to give evidence to the trial. He said he had ‘no evidence’ that Nigella  took drugs

 

‘I do not think her bitterness was towards me  personally. I think it was towards her life.’

Miss Lawson told the court she believed the  amount allegedly claimed by the defendants was ‘a lot higher’.

‘I was very, very careful not to say  something was unauthorised if there was even a flicker of doubt,’ she  said.

And she branded her sister Francesca, a  ‘fantasist’.

She said: ‘Francesca was entirely different,  she was, I felt, a fantasist. She would tell the children she was an  international lawyer. She would make strange claims and was slightly  detached.

‘Because I didn’t love Francesca in the same  way her betrayal didn’t affect me in the same way, but I was left  flabbergasted.

‘There was a strange sense of entitlement  that crept up on her.’

The court heard that Lisa Grillo wanted to  move out of the family home, and Mr Metzer put to Miss Lawson: ‘The reason she  wanted to live in private accommodation is because she said she didn’t want to  live with Mr Saatchi ever again?’

Miss Lawson replied: ‘Yes.’

‘I’m very trusting’ says Nigella who reveals Saatchi kept wads of cash in a  ziplock bag on top of the fridge

Nigella Lawson told the jury that she trusts  ‘everyone implicitly’ – while her husband kept wads of cash in a ziplock bag  because he didn’t like credit cards.

Sisters Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo  allegedly spent £76,000 per month on cards issued by Charles Saatchi.

But Miss Lawson said she had ‘absolutely’ no  idea what the limits on the cards were.

The TV chef told the jury that she was  ‘incredibly close’ to her whole team of personal assistants.

‘I tend to trust everyone implicitly and  often that’s not rewarded,’ she said.

Departure: Miss Lawson leaves Isleworth Crown Court today after giving evidence. She will return to the court tomorrowDeparture: Miss Lawson leaves Isleworth Crown Court  today after giving evidence. She will return to the court tomorrow

Adding: ‘I’m still trusting actually. I  refuse to become a bitter, untrusting person.’

Asked about how money worked in the  household, she said that the cards given  to the Grillo sisters were issued through Charles  Saatchi’s company and,  because he did not like to use cards himself, a  large ‘stash of cash’ was kept  in a plastic Ziplock bag on the fridge.

When Mr Metzer asked Miss Lawson if she had  authorised the sisters to withdraw cash on the cards, she said  ‘no’.

The 53-year-old mother said  she would occasionally buy gifts for Lisa.

Miss Lawson added: ‘She might say,  ‘Look at  these shoes in Vogue’, and I would say, ‘You know, darling, let me buy you those  shoes’.’

But she said it would be a particular  gift.

She denied Mr Metzer’s claim that she would  use credit cards belonging to Mr Saatchi to pay for exercise classes, manicures  and pedicures.

‘I paid for them sometimes by cash and  sometimes by cheque,’ she said. ‘Personal trainers don’t take credit  cards.’

Mr Metzer asked Miss Lawson: ‘Do you have it  in for Lisa now?’

She replied: ‘No, I so don’t.’

Questioned by Mr Metzer about her other  personal assistants’ credit card statements showing expenditure at Annabel’s in  central London, Miss Lawson said it referred not to the nightclub but to  Annabel’s wine cellar ‘for Mr Saatchi’s wine’.

Mr Metzer mentioned sums including £1,368,  and a separate sum of £1,300 which he said was spent in five days at the  establishment.

‘Mr Saatchi likes to drink wine and he likes  to drink expensive wine,’ she said.

Divorce: Nigella Lawson divorced her husband Charles Saatchi earlier this year after she was photographed apparently being throttled by the millionaire art editorDivorce: Nigella Lawson divorced her husband Charles  Saatchi earlier this year after she was photographed apparently being throttled  by the millionaire art editor

Questioned by Mr Metzer about  payments made  on a Vodafone account and a private medical payment made  by another assistant,  Miss Lawson said she did not realise the other  witnesses in the trial were  ‘under suspicion’.

The court heard that a sum of £7,916.10 was  spent in Shoreditch House,  which Miss Lawson said she presumed was her birthday  party.

Mr Metzer said thousands of pounds were spent  in Shoreditch House on a separate occasion, which

Miss Lawson said she believed was another  family birthday party.

Miss Lawson was questioned about money spent  at upmarket clothing store  Joseph of London on dresses bought for her by Mr  Saatchi.

‘Mr Saatchi very generously said ‘I want you  to have lots of them’,’ she  said, adding that he ‘wanted to buy up every single  one of those  dresses’.

The court has heard that Miss Lawson and Mr  Saatchi paid Francesca £28,000 a year while Lisa earned £25,000.

Yet Francesca’s spending between 2008 and  June last year totalled over  £580,000, with her older sister Lisa’s spree  during the same timeframe  hitting an estimated £105,000.

On average Francesca’s monthly outgoings on  the credit cards were £48,000 while Lisa’s were £28,000.

Judge prevents Nigella being shown ‘choking’ photo in court as she pleads  for testimony to end… but she’ll be back tomorrow for more

The judge prevented Nigella Lawson being  shown the photo of her being ‘choked’ by Charles Saatchi outside a  restaurant.

Judge Robin Johnson intervened as Anthony  Metzer QC tried to show her the infamous picture taken outside Scott’s  restaurant in Mayfair, central London.

After a day giving evidence, Miss Lawson  pleaded with the court: ‘Please don’t  make this go on for two days.’

Judge Johnson said: ‘I’m not having  photographs put to this witness.’

When asked again about the incident, Ms  Lawson said she had already given a  direct, ‘almost verbatim’ account of what  happened, and said she did not intend to speak about it again.

Judge Johnson told Mr Metzer: ‘You do not  have the right to string this out’, twice adding firmly: ‘Move on.’

However, she will return to Isleworth Crown  Court tomorrow morning so that the defence can continue cross-examining  her.

Addressing the jury, Miss Lawson said she  believed Mr Saatchi intended to damage her interests, adding: ‘And look how it’s  played out.’

The celebrity cook said she had hidden any  drug use from her ex-husband, adding: ‘I could have weathered a conversation  about it. I just wouldn’t have wanted to.’

Ms Lawson said that, despite changing her  number and blocking communication with Mr Saatchi in her email account, she  still received the email containing the drug allegations.

She said it came from a ‘completely different  email address’.

It is alleged that between January 1,  2008  and December 31, 2012, the Grillo sisters abused their positions by using a  credit card for personal gain.

The pair, of Bayswater, west London, both  deny the charge against them.

The case was adjourned until tomorrow.

Culled from dailymail.co.uk

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